Texture enhancer

Chitosan description

Derived from chitin, a polysaccharide found in the exoskeletons of shrimp, lobster, and crabs. There is extensive research showing it can be effective in skin restoring and soothing.

Chitosan references

  • Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, November 2002, issue 11, pages 1453-1459
  • International Journal of Food Microbiology, March 2002, issues 1-2, pages 65-72
  • Biomaterials, November 2001, issue 21, pages 2959-2966
  • Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, August 2001, issue 8, pages 1047-1067

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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